Feb. 22, 2013
CSU & GWU Notes
DEKALB, Ill. – The Northern Illinois wrestling team wraps up their 2012-13 regular season Sunday when they trek to Cleveland to battle Gardner-Webb and Cleveland State.
The meet begins at noon CT with the Huskies battling the Runnin’ Bulldogs, while NIU and CSU go head-to-head at 2 p.m. CT.
“We are looking to compete with intensity and focus in this final dual meet event of the season,” said NIU head coach Ryan Ludwig. “Both of these teams will provide us with a good look at some non-conference competition. There are several individuals within their lineups that will provide some important matches for postseason implications.”
NIU enters Sunday after taking a thrilling 20-18 win over Buffalo in their MAC finale. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard and Andrew Morse helped the Huskies get out to a 14-7 halftime lead on the Bulls and Matt Mougin’s tight 7-6 decision at 174 gave Northern a 17-12 lead late. However, UB came back with two wins at 184 and 197 to set up a winner-take-all match at heavyweight. Jared Torrence, though, pulled out the win with a 4-2 overtime decision against Buffalo’s Justin Heiserman.
The home-standing Cleveland State Vikings currently maintain a 3-8 record on the year and a 0-5 mark in the Eastern Wrestling League. CSU’s wins on the season have come against John Carroll, Chattanooga and George Mason. In addition, they have two common opponents with NIU in Eastern Michigan and Kent State. Individually, the Vikings are paced by Ben Willeford (125), Michael Carlone (133) and Riley Shaw (285).
Gardner-Webb boasts a 4-10 dual record this season and a 2-5 mark in the Southern Conference. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ victories were against George Mason, Belmont Abbey, Davidson and VMI, while their common opponents with NIU are Indiana and SIU Edwardsville. GWU’s standouts on the mat include 157-pounder Alex Medved and heavyweight Travis Porter.
CSU Quad Meet Schedule
Noon: Cleveland State vs. Ohio; Gardner-Webb vs. Northern Illinois
2 p.m.: Cleveland State vs. Northern Illinois; Gardner-Webb vs. Ohio
4 p.m.: Cleveland State vs. Gardner-Webb
Northern Illinois Huskies
125: Derek Elmore
133: Nick Smith
141: Kevin Fanta
149: Rob Jillard
157: Andrew Morse
165: Dan Burk OR Sam Bennett
174: Matt Mougin
184: Bryan Loughlin
197: Parker Settecase OR Arber Bebo
285: Jared Torrence
Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs
125: Cortez Starkes OR Tyler Ziegler
133: Robbie Golde
141: Davante Andujar
149: Ryan Medved
157: Alex Medved
165: Justin Guthrie
174: Hunter Gamble OR Aaron Rabin
184: Gray Jones
197: Blake Sayler
285: Travis Porter
Cleveland State Vikings
125: Ben Willeford
133: Chas Busz
141: Nick Flannery
149: Mike Mencini
157: Matt Donohoe
165: Corey Carlo
174: Xavier Dye
184: Bobby Blankenship
197: Corbin Boone
285: Riley Shaw
HISTORY VERSUS THE VIKINGS AND RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS
Though not perennial opponents, the Huskies do have some history against Cleveland State and Gardner-Webb. In the series history against CSU, NIU holds a 3-0 advantage in the series against the Vikings. The two last went head-to-head Dec. 21, 2011, when Northern came away with a 38-0 win in DeKalb. Meanwhile, NIU and GWU will meet for the third time on Sunday, with the Huskies holding a 2-0 series lead.
TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS
The Huskies put their five-match losing streak behind them Feb. 16 in Buffalo when they beat the Bulls, 20-18, in a back-and-forth affair. After staking a 14-7 halftime lead, UB came back with three wins in the next four matches for an 18-17 lead going into the heavyweight match. However, Jared Torrence put the Huskies over the top with a 4-2 overtime decision against Justin Heiserman.
Huskie heavyweight Jared Torrence has put in plenty of extra time on the mats this season - and not just in the wrestling room. The redshirt junior has gone to sudden victory in five matches so far this season. By comparison, the other 29 Huskies on the roster have combined for 11 overtime matches. In the extra session, Torrence has gone 4-1 and has three consecutive overtime victories this year.
After moving up to 133 during the offseason, Nick Smith has not missed a beat in his new weight class. The junior has an 8-2 record since the beginning of the 2013 calendar year and finished the MAC slate with a perfect 4-0 record at 133 pounds. In his last four wins, three have come by way of major decision, including scores of 11-2 and 16-4 in his last two wins.
In the second NCAA Coaches Rankings released last week, Huskie Kevin Fanta was ranked 27th at 141 pounds. Fanta was previously placed 32nd in the initial poll that came out in late January.
The Huskies kick off the 2012 postseason Sunday, March 10, when they travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the Mid-American Conference Championship. Competition starts at 9 a.m. CT.